Curlew galore

At just after 2pm today I managed a walk in Wells, heading down a path just west of the town to the pinewoods. This skirts some flooded fields and also some ploughed ones. There were a small group of grey partridges and a lot of lapwings. Nearer to the coast were small groups of geese. Although there were Brent and pink-footed geese flying over the ones in these fields were greylags, plus a single Canada goose.

greylag geese (above) and a Canada goose (below)

In one of the flooded areas there was possibly the largest group of curlew I’ve ever seen – I counted over 60!

Looking towards Holkham from the west edge of Wells

I glimpsed a kestrel and a marsh harrier, and got good views of a red kite before walking along the edge of the pines to the bank by the Wells lifeboat station. It was very low tide, with lots of exposed mud and – consequently – a lot of feeding birds – waders on the mud and gulls overhead. Mallards and shelduck on the edges of the remaining water.

Looking east from the bank on my way back to Wells

As I walked back towards the town there were plenty of Brent geese. In the harbour I was amazed to count 9 little grebes, plus the juvenile red-throated diver that I’d previously seen in the outer harbour.

No new species for November 29th:

Birds = 228
Moths = 256
Wildflowers = 291